Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Suburghian Locavore's Paradise in the Big 'Burgh- The Pittsburgh Public Market

2100 Smallman Street at 17th, Pittsburgh

This past Saturday I had the wonderful pleasure of attending the Pittsburgh Public Market for the first time.  As a Columbus transplant, I immediately felt that a missing puzzle piece had just been snapped into place for me. (You see, we have a very similiar kind of indoor market place in the Buckeye city.  And I had been missing it very much. ;) )  Local bakeries, candy makers, farmstands, food vendors, and what is that??  A local brewery selling growlers in the corner of the market?  Yep.  This is definitely the place for me- a foodie, a locavore, and a lover of craft beer. I could spend hours in here sampling the goods, talking to the farmers, inquiring about how something is baked or made.  So, what goodies ended up in my shopping tote Saturday?
Let's get to it...

From top left, clockwise:

  • These cookies live up to their name, To Die For.  We were immediately drawn to this plate of cookies (and I think you can see why!) despite all the other delicious baked goodness that Espresso Specialty Foods was offering.
  • Homemade marshmallows from The Pittsburgh Marshmallow Factory.  We are especially partial to the peanut butter.  But we also took home the dark chocolate and bananas foster.  (Did I mention that we are going to give away these delicious marshmallows as wedding favors at our reception next month?)
  • Gala apples from Morning Dew Orchards.  We were offered an apple to sample before we decided to make a purchase.  (A whole apple, not just a slice.)  The sweet, fresh crunchiness sold us. :)
  • A growler of the East End Brewing Company's Session Amber Ale.  The East End Brewing Company's taps in the market are a new (and a most appreciated!) addition.
What you need to know before you go:
  • The above listed are not the only local goodies that ended up in my shopping tote.  A jar of Blueberry Butter from the Berry Patch and a couple of yogurt dipped doggie bones (for which our papillon was very grateful!) from Four Paws Bakery also found their way in there... :)

  • The market is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays so plan your weekend accordingly.
  • Bring change, for most of the parking near the market is metered (except for Sundays!).
  • Don't forget to bring your own reusable shopping tote (or maybe 2, or 3...).  If you forget your's, they have lovely Pittsburgh Public Market totes that you can buy upstairs for $5.
For hours, directions, and a list of merchants by day, visit below:


  1. I love the idea of giving away the homemade marshmallows @ your wedding. You'll have to let me know how you plan to bag/display them--so fun!

  2. Seriously, I love their marshmallow. Their twitter tool me here!

    That guy from the marshmallow factory is the best salesman I've ever seen, no wonder you are using them for your wedding. I saw this POed woman go up to him and say she always hated marshmallows then next thing i saw she was getting a dozen and hugged him goodbye! lolol

    What kind are you getting for your wedding? Anything custom? I'd love to have them at my wedding. Do you know if they can do BIG marshmallows? Like a pound? or more?

  3. I just ordered the marshmallows for the wedding this week! We are getting peanut butter and dark chocolate. We have pretty favor boxes, so we are going to package 1 marshmallow in each box. :)

    I am not sure about the BIG marshmallows, PJ but you could email Debbie at pghmarshmallowfactory@gmail.com and find out! ;)